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Ranieri hails Inter 'pride and determination'

Published: Tuesday 27 September 2011, 21.15CET
Claudio Ranieri championed the character of his FC Internazionale Milano side after they kept their composure to beat PFC CSKA Moskva 3-2 having surrendered a two-goal lead in Russia.

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Published: Tuesday 27 September 2011, 21.15CET

Ranieri hails Inter 'pride and determination'

Claudio Ranieri championed the character of his FC Internazionale Milano side after they kept their composure to beat PFC CSKA Moskva 3-2 having surrendered a two-goal lead in Russia.

Leonid Slutski, CSKA coach
Unfortunately we can't forget about the result. Though our attacking display was bright, we conceded three goals. Those goals were not solely a result of Inter's quality, but also a consequence of our defensive mistakes. It was a high-quality game, though we allowed Inter too much [space] at the start and then wasted too much energy trying to stage a comeback. We started the game in an uncertain fashion, played too conservative from the off. It was a good game but not a good result for us.

We started the game in an uncertain fashion, played too conservative from the off. It was a good game but not a good result for us
Leonid Slutski
It's a good sign, it's exactly what I want from my players right now − pride and determination to show that this team is not finished
Claudio Ranieri

Claudio Ranieri, Inter coach
I'm happy for two reasons: for the way we played in the first half, and for our pride in the second. It was the same against Bologna [FC on Saturday] when they equalised, because my players immediately tried to hit back and we managed to win the game. We cannot get too carried away, even if this team is packed full of great players. Many of them are injured but we will soon have them back, and those who are playing now are giving everything.

It's a good sign, it's exactly what I want from my players right now − pride and determination to show that this team is not finished. I'm sure, with a bit of luck, that we can have a say both in Italy and in Europe. [Gian Piero] Gasperini did not have enough time and enough luck; it's not easy to deal with so many injuries after all. For my part, I merely field players where they are used to playing and it worked well today.

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